On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the 2020 National Merit semifinalists. Based on the PSAT scores juniors took last October, the cutoff for California in 2020 was a NMSQT Selection Index score of 221. Winners achieve scores in the top 1% of their state. This year, ten Menlo-Atherton seniors were among approximately 16,000 highschoolers nationwide who achieved this award. They will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.
The semi-finalists for Class of 2021 are as follows: